Big Bertha

My husband claimed, at first, that this was a butternut squash.  I think it isn’t, but I don’t know what kind it is.  I thought maybe a banana squash, but those get even bigger than these, so probably not.  So for now, I am calling it Big Bertha, after the German howitzer.

Anyone want to tell us what kind of squash it really is?



(the sandal is a women’s US size 7)

UPDATE:  my husband received this e-mail from the seed company today:

Dear Gardener,

Thank you for your order and interest in our company John Scheepers Kitchen Garden Seeds.

Your squash looks like an off type or mutation from the Milano Black Zucchini; we actually don’t carry that type, the Yellow Zucchini is a bright lemon yellow, it is not a Butternut! I would be interested in how it cooks and tastes??

As always please feel free to contact me directly with any questions, comments and complaints at 860-567-6086 or


Lance Frazon
John Scheepers Kitchen Garden Seeds
Ph: 860-567-6086 Fax: 860-567-5323 <>

mmmmm, mutation!

3 Responses to “Big Bertha”

  1. Doris Says:

    It looks like a yellow zucchini. It definitely is not a butternut. How did it get to be so humongous? Have you tried cooking/eating it yet?

  2. teawithbuzz Says:

    These photos were taken today, so no attempt at eating one yet. We know the insides are orange from a couple that rotted early on, and we are pretty sure it is supposed to be a *winter* squash variety, so we think it isn’t fully ripe yet since the skin is not all tough yet. But otherwise, we are stumped.

  3. Greg Says:

    Well, according to the seed packets, we have Milano Black Zucchini (which I made those tubs out of) and “Early Butternut Squash”, a hybrid varietal that supposedly is ready a little earlier than the usual ones. But that doesn’t explain why it looks so far off.

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